Mat Kaplan visits Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a last, clean room visit with LightSail 2, the Planetary Society’s solar sailing cubesat. While there, Mat also talked to attendees at the Cubesat Developers Workshop, including the creator of the tiny “Pocket Rocket” engine for small spacecraft. LightSail2 is now at the Air Force Research Lab for launch preparation, as we hear from Bruce Betts in this week’s What’s Up.
LightSail 2 in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo clean room
Mat Kaplan, John Bellardo, Jordan Ticktin and Aaron Fielden
Mat Kaplan, John Bellardo, Jordan Ticktin and Aaron Fielden with LightSail 2 in the Cal Poly clean room
Amelia Greig’s Pocket Rocket installed in a single cubesat unit
Mat Kaplan and Amelia Greig
Mat Kaplan and Cal Poly professor and Pocket Rocket developer Amelia Greig.
Pocket Rocket firing in a vacuum chamber
Pocket Rocket firing in a vacuum chamber at the Cubesat Developers Workshop.
Emily Mattle at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop
Student Emily Mattle of Morehead State University at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop
Cristina de Castillo Sancho
The European Space Agency’s Cristina de Castillo Sancho presents at the 2019 Cubesat Developers Workshop.